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DIRAC: Data Intensive Research in Astrophysics & Cosmology

DIRAC: Data Intensive Research in Astrophysics & Cosmology

 

The University of Washington recently launched a new Data Intensive Research in Astrophysics & Cosmology (DIRAC) Institute. The DIRAC Institute is a world leading, interdisciplinary research centre that addresses fundamental questions about the origins and evolution of our universe.

The centre will bring together researchers from Astrophysics, Computer Science & Engineering, Statistics, and other key disciplines, building on the success of the University of Washington’s eScience Institute. This coalescence of top UW researchers across the sciences will catalyze the development of algorithms and infrastructure to meet the needs arising from the major astronomical imaging telescopes (LSST, MWA, SKA, Advanced LIGO, and others)

Also, check out this TED talk by DIRAC Director, Andrew Connolly.

Big Data is everywhere - even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope ...

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